Johnny Rocket's coming to Cedar Point

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2001 7:14 AM | Contributed by Neil

Johnny Rocket's, an international franchise of 1940's style malt shops will open on the Cedar Point midway for the 2001 season. Rocket's will replace Fascination near the main entrance.

"Fascination has been a popular fixture at Cedar Point for many years, but unfortunately, it has become very difficult to find replacement parts," says Dan Keller. "Because of its popularity, we explored several options to relocate the game, but cannot efficiently operate it without a source for materials.”

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Tuesday, March 6, 2001 7:41 AM
Although I agree that Johnny Rocket's and Coasters are rather similar in theme, I've eaten at Johnny Rocket's once or twice and it was pretty good.

It'll look great in the park (and smell great, too!) but the prices are going to be outrageous...
Tuesday, March 6, 2001 7:43 AM
Huh?? Whaa??

The 'Coasters' restaurant was themed to the 50s, wasn't it? And now we have the 40s, too? So what's the point of having both?

Perhaps the question I should really be asking is....what will replace the Coasters restaurant on that shiny, new, available unclaimed spot on the Midway? I'm hoping for a 'Baby MF' family coaster.

Tuesday, March 6, 2001 8:49 AM
Coasters isn't going anywhere. Rocket's is going to be further down the midway near the main entrance.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2001 9:40 PM
Oh boy...bringing outside food chains into the park...sounds like Six least its a better food chain than Subway or KFC.

What a shame that CP is losing Fascination. In all the summers I've spent at the Point, last summer was the first time I've actually played Fascination, and wow, it was FUN. I was looking forward to blowing a few more dollars this summer, but I guess that won't be happening. I hope CP can do something to keep Fascination from disappearing completely!


Coasters...the best natural buzz available.
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 3:03 PM
i have seen the abandoned Fascination at Coney Island, too bad this
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:19 PM
I dont like the "losing" of nostalgic type games/rides. Today, it is about the bottom line, and making profit. I don't like the idea of outside chains coming in. I I wanted Johnny Rockets, then I would go there. I go to the parks to eat their different style of food.
I imagine the video arcades at CP will be consolidated soon. It is very obvious that they aren't interested in maintaining the very old mechanical and pinball machines. Ill miss those when they go. I emailed the park about it and they said that the games were breaking down due to the heat. Well, it hasnt been a really hot summer and I dont ever recall those games breaking, or staying out of order as long as they have. Plus they have been broken since the park opened. Not good for nostalgia fans.
Sunday, April 6, 2003 4:45 PM
Hi :

My name is bob

I had the priviledge to have engineered and worked on fascinations in NYC including both Fabers Fascination. One in Coney Island and the other in Rockaway's Playland. I also had the priviledge of designing and installing the first travel-lite @ Fascination located @ Beach 35th in Rockaway, N.Y. on the boardwalk. originally owned by Abe Rapps and then sold and passed down to at least 3 different owners thru the years, circa 1960. Most of the Rockaway boardwalk concessions were lost in a major fire sometime in the 60's I believe. I also designed major electrical items for pinkey's fascination which was open all year in Rockaway's Playland. It was owned by a very innovative man named Mitch Pinke, and co-owned by Bob Demner, my lifelong friend, who passed away 5 years ago. Mitch also owned the fascination on Broadway in N.Y.C. Bob Demner eventually bought the Fabers fascination in Rockaway's Playland, which I refurbed. That was the best built game I have ever seen in all the fascinations I have had the priviledge to be part of. It was built and designed by Canon Electric (manufacturers of railroad signals and devices) among many other things. The relays used in the game were railroad grade and were almost infalable.

The Playland Fascination bought by Bob Demner (who also bought Rockaway's Playland from a man named Geist) was put in storage when Rockaway's Playland was torn down. I never knew what became of the game. What a pity.........

One of the best group games ever devised.

To my knowledge there are only a handful left in the country. One is in Santa Cruz, Ca. and One may still exist somewhere on the Jersey coast. I lost track of all the others.

This ended what was a wonderful era for me. As I said earlier, it was a priviledge to be part of that nostalgia and magic which is literally gone forever.

There is no video or computer game that will ever replace Fascination. I am sure that if you remember the game, you will agree.



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